Apparently female programmers write more sensitive code than men.

The Wall Street Journal quotes a senior vice-president of database company Ingres, a woman by the name of Emma McGrattan, as saying that women are generally more considerate programmers.

McGrattan, purportedly one of the top ranking female programmers in the US, reckons that whereas men feel absolutely no compunction whatsoever to explain what they are doing, female programmers like to leave detailed and waffly accounts of precisely what they did, why they did it, and how they think things should proceed.

McGrattan berates men for trying, “to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code,” whereas women just want to be understood.

Unfortunately this female-written code spends so much time worrying about, talking about, and sharing its feelings that it only runs half as fast.

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